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PhD Success

We’re delighted to congratulate Mike Christ and Jason Hunt

Mike Christ successfully passed his PhD viva recently. His dissertation was approved, subject to his completing the usual minor corrections.

It is entitled A New Creation in Christ: A Historical-Theological Investigation into Walter Marshall’s Theology of Sanctification in Union with Christ in the Context of the Seventeenth-Century Antinomian/Neonomian Controversy. His examiners were David Clough (University of Chester) and Crawford Gribben (Queen’s University, Belfast).

Jason Hunt, following his viva, was also approved for the PhD degree, subject to the usual minor corrections.

His dissertation was entitled Cornelius Van Til’s Doctrine of God and its Relevance for Contemporary Hermeneutics. His examiners were Professor David Clough (University of Chester) and Dr. James Eglinton (University of Edinburgh). His supervisors were Professor Robert Letham and Dr. Natalie Brand.

Exciting Collaboration with VU Amsterdam

Union School of Theology is excited to announce a new collaborative partnership with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Free University of Amsterdam) enabling UST to offer its research degree for graduate students in theology. 

The Vrije Universiteit (VU) is one of Europe’s leading universities, with a strong interest in Reformed theology, so this is an exciting partnership.  In the recent QS rating of universities the Vrije Universiteit ranks no. 5 worldwide in the field of Theology and Religious Studies. PhD students will therefore benefit from UST’s experienced and highly-qualified research supervisors, working in partnership with the scholarly expertise and world-class research resources of the Theology Faculty at VU Amsterdam. We are looking forward to the many benefits that will be gained through this academic co-operation and the enhancement of the research environments and activities of UST and VU.

This partnership builds on the heritage of UST’s work in promoting research in Evangelical and Reformed theology, and the substantial experience of successfully supervising successful students to PhD completion. Added to this will be the expertise of professors within the faculty of Theology of VU as promoters and supervisors of UST PhD students. UST’s welcomes PhD research students particularly in the fields of Biblical Studies, Historical Theology and Church History.

Union is dedicated to raising up the next generation of Christian scholars who will resource and equip the church with theology of the highest quality. Our research degrees give students the opportunity to explore their subject in great depth, supported by a dedicated supervisory team led by Professor Robert Letham.

If you are considering a research degree in theology with UST, you will be asked to submit a pre-application research proposal.  Please email with your proposal or enquiry.

Union Research Conference 2019

Each year, we hold the Union Research Conference for all our research students, supervisors, associated faculty and others who wish to join us. Recognised scholars from Union and other international institutions give papers related to their interests, whilst our research students are invited to give papers to help define, develop and circulate their own studies.  The conference provides ample opportunity for constructive discussion and dialogue between students and world leading experts, whilst always seeking the ongoing reformation of the church.

The conference takes place at our South Wales campus and is arranged through our partnership with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Free University of Amsterdam). Papers cover a range of biblical, theological and historical issues.

Anyone with a keen interest in theology is invited to attend.

This year’s conference is to be held from 14-16 January 2019 at our South Wales campus.

The conference programme can be viewed here

If you would like to attend please contact UST’s Director of Research, Dr Bob Letham, . There is no cost to attend.

Accommodation and meals are available on campus but need to be booked in advance by contacting